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1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
The Raid: Redemption lives up to the hype and is a very solid action flick that also presents interesting twists and character dynamics along the way. I found many similarities with the film Dredd (2012), which was another pleasant surprise . Writer/Director Gareth Evans perfectly nails the feeling of entrapment and of imminent danger, making the film a constant adrenaline rush. The fighting sequences are quite brutal, thrilling, inventive and very well choreographed. I had a sense of fatigue in a couple of them as they seemed too prolonged, but they were certainly entertaining to watch. Now onto The Raid 2!
I watched Dredd (in 2D not 3D) today and found it oddly similar to The Raid: Redemption, which I watched a few months ago. Dredd is a remake of Judge Dredd, featuring Sylvester Stallone, which was originally based on a popular UK comic book. The Raid is an Indonesian martial arts movie written and directed by Garreth Evans. In both, a few lawmen (Dredd: 2 Judges and The Raid: 20 SWAT cops) have to battle a tower full of bad guys to get to the top floor, where the notorious crime lord/drug kingpin is hiding out. Both of them also tout themselves on having a gritty realistic style and various scenes captured in slow-motion. In the end, however, there can…
A thrilling marital arts movie from director Gareth Evans.
The final fight is pretty good but this movie is just such ugly and interminable shit. There's no more suspense in his taking out the last thousand faceless poor people than there is in the first one. The fighting is visually unengaging as all hell.
I am not an action movie fan, but as far as action films go, this is pretty decent. Very well executed, some nice stunts and great martial arts fights. Brutal in parts (that's how I like it!) and the action doesn't let up. There are some background plot points, but almost the entire film is just the police raiding a block, and the counter-attack against them. Works very well, although not overly cerebral.
Best actionmovie in 10 years!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The plot isn't amazing, but the thing is that this movie is an action movie. And it's honest in it. They don't have to have clever plots. Even there isn't really value for plot, the brother thing refreshed it. This is pure ass kicking for all the money you spent on it and I respect that.
Only that one bad guy who didn't want to die at all was a weak point, exactly because it seemed like he really doesn't die at all. That was frustrating and started to bore me even this wasn't really any realistic movie in the first place.
Probably one of the greatest action films ever made. It loses something with the English subtitles as the dialog seems off at times and the acting isn't the best, but the martial arts fight scenes are definitely top notch. This is the kind of action film that you can watch over and over again without ever losing interest.
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Hostias bien dadas.
Una primera media hora de lo mejorcito del cine de acción actual.
Un edificio que es una trampa. Pos muy duros y muchas patadas espectaculares. Lastima que no se complete con algo más de diálogo y tema.
Excellent fight scenes
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